Tommy Lee Foster was born on December 16, 1944 in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee. He is the son of Dossie B. Foster and Nellie C. Foster. He was educated in the public school systems of Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. He graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1963 and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He began working for the West Tennessee Public Utility District, a supplier of Natural Gas for a five county area. After forty five years of service, he retired from them as a service manager. He was married to Ruthie Lee Reed on July 30th,
1966. They had two children, Angela Renea Foster-Stang and Scotty Bryant Foster. Angela died of cancer in 1997. Angela left a four year old daughter, Khennedi Stang, whom from then on was raised by Tommy and Ruthie Foster. His son, Scotty Foster has two children Gage and Karlie Foster. Ruthie Foster died of cancer on October 15th, 2011 after forty five years of marriage.
Companion Foster was raised a Master Mason in Huntingdon lodge #106 on February 16th, 1976. He served as Worshipful Master in 1985. He served the Grand Lodge as County Chairman from 1983-1990, and District Chairman from 1990 to 1997. Companion Foster served on the Board of Control for the Tennessee Widows and Orphans Fund for five years.
Companion Foster was exalted in Camden Chapter No.159 Royal Arch Masons on October 1983. He served as High Priest and received the order of High Priesthood on March 26th, 1990. He served as District Deputy Grand High Priest for District No.132 in October 1983 and served as Illustrious Master. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel on March 21st, 1988. Companion Foster served the Grand Council of Tennessee as Grand Steward in 1997.
Companion Foster was knighted in Paris Commandery No.16 in October 1982. He served as Eminent Commander in 1993. He was inducted into the Knight Crusaders of the Cross on April 23rd, 1993. He also became a Knight Commander of Memphis Asylum No.1 on February 4th, 1995. Companion Foster was inducted into Tennessee Prioy No.15 Knights of the York Cross of Honor in 1995.
Companion Foster is a member of Memphis Scottish Rite Bodies and has served as the President of the Carroll County Scottish Rite Club, and is a member of the Al Chymia Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., in Memphis where he holds the Crown of Honor and is a Hillbilly and Yellow Dog, a lifetime member of the Royal Order of Scotland, a charter member and officer in Robert the Bruce, West Tennessee York Rite Association, West Tennessee York Rite College No.141, St. Patrick’s No.1 Knight Masons of the USA, The Masonic Veterans Association, York Right Sovereign College of North America, Tennessee Lodge of Research, and Tennessee Past Masters Association.
Companion foster served as Worthy Patron of Huntingdon Order No.180, Order of Eastern Star. He served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Tennessee Technology Center in Mckenzie, Tennessee.
Companion Foster was elected as Grand Captain of the Guard of the Grand Council on March 23rd, 2009, and advanced each year being elected Most Illustrious Grand Master on March 26th, 2012.